Blah Blah Blah: What to Do When Words Don't Work

Blah Blah Blah: What to Do When Words Don't Work

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by Dan Roam
     
 

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Ever been to so many meetings that you couldn't get your work done? Ever fallen asleep during a bulletpoint presentation? Ever watched the news and ended up knowing less? Welcome to the land of Blah Blah Blah.

The Problem: We talk so much that we don't think very well. Powerful as words are, we fool ourselves when we think our words alone can detect,

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Overview

Ever been to so many meetings that you couldn't get your work done? Ever fallen asleep during a bulletpoint presentation? Ever watched the news and ended up knowing less? Welcome to the land of Blah Blah Blah.

The Problem: We talk so much that we don't think very well. Powerful as words are, we fool ourselves when we think our words alone can detect, describe, and defuse the multifaceted problems of today. They can't-and that's bad, because words have become our default thinking tool.

The Solution: This book offers a way out of blah-blah-blah. It's called "Vivid Thinking."

In Dan Roam's first acclaimed book, The Back of the Napkin, he taught readers how to solve problems and sell ideas by drawing simple pictures. Now he proves that Vivid Thinking is even more powerful. This technique combines our verbal and visual minds so that we can think and learn more quickly, teach and inspire our colleagues, and enjoy and share ideas in a whole new way.

The Destination: No more blah-blah-blah. Through Vivid Thinking, we can make the most complicated subjects suddenly crystal clear. Whether trying to understand a Harvard Business School class, or what went down in the Conan versus Leno battle for late-night TV, or what Einstein thought about relativity, Vivid Thinking provides a way to clarify anything.

Through dozens of guided examples, Roam proves that anyone can apply this systematic approach, from leftbrain types who hate to draw to right-brainers who hate to write. This isn't just a book about improving communications, presentations, and ideation; it's about removing the blah-blah- blah from your life for good.

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Editorial Reviews

If you have ever felt your eyes glazing over during an "important" meeting or perfected your doodling style during a PowerPoint presentation, this is the book for you. With its call to Vivid Thinking, Dan Roam's Blah Blah Blah follows up on the success of his The Back of the Napkin. In that entertaining primer, he showed readers how we can solve problems by drawing pictures. In this book, he demonstrates that simplifying problems or selling solutions can be achieved through simple word and/or picture devices. One of those rare business books that cuts through the muck.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591844594
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/01/2011
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
1,094,338
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Dan Roam is the author of The Back of the Napkin, which was Fast Company's Best Business Book of the Year and BusinessWeek's Innovation and Design Book of the Year. His consulting clients have included Microsoft, Google, Wal-Mart, Boeing, Lucasfilm, The Gap, the U.S. Navy, and the White House Office of Communications. His health-care analysis was named BusinessWeek's Best Presentation of 2009. He lives in San Francisco.

Visit www.danroam.com

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